Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

2019 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

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Farlam Hall

Farlam Hall

Brampton

‘This continues to be a very dependable oasis,’ writes a trusted reader and regular visitor to this country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux), between the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • country_house
  • golf
  • bird_watching
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
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The Creggans Inn

The Creggans Inn

Strachur

In a ‘glorious location’, this 19th-century whitewashed inn, perched above Loch Fyne, is run as a ‘terrific’ hotel, bar and bistro by Gill and Archie MacLellan.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • view
  • weddings
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
  • seaside
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The Peacock at Rowsley

The Peacock at Rowsley

Rowsley

Built in 1652 as a manor house, this stone inn on the edge of the Peak District national park is owned by Lord and Lady Manners of nearby Haddon Hall
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • historic
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
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Leathes Head Hotel

Leathes Head Hotel

Borrowdale

Cumbrian comforts abound at this ‘well-kept’ Edwardian country house hotel, in three-acre grounds in a ‘beautiful setting’ in the Borrowdale valley.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • view
  • weddings
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
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Bryniau Golau

Bryniau Golau

Bala

There are ‘stunning’ views of Bala Lake and Arenig mountain from the bedrooms of this Victorian house on a hillside in Snowdonia national park.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • value
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
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Trevalsa Court

Trevalsa Court

Mevagissey

John and Susan Gladwin’s ‘very pleasant’ small hotel ‘preserves a different world’ filled with ‘delicious’ cream teas and ‘glorious’ walks’ along the Coastal Path.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • garden
  • wi-fi
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Dunkery Beacon Country House

Dunkery Beacon Country House

Wootton Courtenay

‘Our first visit and not our last to this lovely welcoming hotel,’ writes a trusted reader, of John and Jane Bradley’s Edwardian hunting lodge, a beacon of excellence in Exmoor national park.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • view
  • wine
  • wi-fi
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The Plough

The Plough

Kelmscott

A popular pub-with-rooms in a tiny, ‘beguiling’ village close to the Thames, The Plough’s warm welcome and foodie credentials are appreciated as much by locals (and their dogs) as by guests from farther afield.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • gastropub
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
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Stella Maris

Stella Maris

Ballycastle

Guests can ‘watch the dolphins frolicking in the bay’ from the conservatory of Frances Kelly-McSweeney’s hotel in a ‘dramatically beautiful’ setting overlooking Bunatrahir Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • view
  • wi-fi
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Timberstone

Timberstone

Clee Stanton

‘Timberstone remains a great favourite,’ writes a Guide regular this year after staying at Tracey Baylis and Alex Read’s B&B in the undulating landscape immortalized by AE Housman.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • view
  • wi-fi
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2018 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

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Hazel Bank

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Borrowdale

Gary and Donna MacRae take evident pride in their hotel in its own wooded grounds, perched above this hamlet in the Borrowdale valley.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • view
  • parking
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Ees Wyke Country House

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Near Sawrey

‘We will never tire of the stunning location, lovely rooms, superb food and excellent hospitality.’ Praise from readers, on a fourth visit to Richard Lee’s Georgian country house overlooking Esthwaite Water.
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • historic
  • wi-fi
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Tudor Farmhouse

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Clearwell

A lovely little hotel,’ writes a reader on a return visit to Hari and Colin Fell’s ingeniously converted farm buildings in the Forest of Dean.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
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The Inn at Whitewell

The Inn at Whitewell

Whitewell

‘A lovely place to stay,’ writes a reader in 2018, of this popular old inn. On the banks of the River Hodder, it has views to the Forest of Bowland.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • activities
  • wi-fi
5
Porth Tocyn Hotel

Porth Tocyn Hotel

Abersoch

A Welsh rarebit on the tip of Cardigan Bay, this ‘lovely, wacky’ hotel is a family-friendly, family-run affair.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • country_house
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Currarevagh House

Currarevagh House

Oughterard

Reputedly Ireland’s longest running hotel under one family’s ownership: its ‘true country house’ atmosphere and easy access to rural pursuits draw back guests year after year.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • view
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
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The Peacock at Rowsley

The Peacock at Rowsley

Rowsley

Built in 1652 as a manor house, this stone inn on the edge of the Peak District national park is owned by Lord and Lady Manners of nearby Haddon Hall
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • historic
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
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Crossways Hotel

Crossways Hotel

Wilmington

Perennial visitors reported ‘a warm welcome’ from Clive James and David Stott at their restaurant-with-rooms – ‘a cherished institution to many Glyndebourne regulars’ – at the foot of the South Downs.
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • wi-fi
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Moor of Rannoch–Restaurant & Rooms

Moor of Rannoch–Restaurant & Rooms

Rannoch Station

The overnight sleeper from London arrives in the middle of nowhere in time for a breakfast of porridge with Drambuie at Scott Meikle and Stephanie Graham’s restaurant-with-rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • view
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The Gurnard’s Head

The Gurnard’s Head

Zennor

‘We cannot praise it too highly,’ says a report this year on brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin’s dining pub with rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
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2017 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

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Pen-y-Dyffryn

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Oswestry

‘We always look forward to staying.’ Miles and Audrey Hunter’s ‘tranquil’ small hotel on the Welsh border received a flurry of praise from new and regular visitors this year.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • view
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
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Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse - Winter Foodie Special Offer

Clearwell

A lovely little hotel,’ writes a reader on a return visit to Hari and Colin Fell’s ingeniously converted farm buildings in the Forest of Dean.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
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Glenfinnan House Hotel

Glenfinnan House Hotel - Three nights for Two Special Offer

Glenfinnan

Built for a veteran of Culloden and remodelled in Victorian times, Jane MacFarlane’s stone mansion stands in a breathtaking situation on the shores of Loch Shiel, with views of Ben Nevis and the Glenfinnan Monument.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • country_house
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
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Howtown Hotel

Howtown Hotel

Ullswater

For almost 120 years, the Baldry family have welcomed guests to their ancient farmhouse overlooking Lake Ullswater. ‘Wonderfully old-fashioned’ or ‘lost in time’, it’s a Marmite sort of hotel
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • view
  • guest_house
  • golf
  • wi-fi
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Biggin Hall

Biggin Hall

Buxton

‘We were welcomed with a complimentary Pimm’s,’ write Guide insiders, who dined at James Moffett’s historic stone manor house in the Peak District national park.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • wi-fi
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The Felin Fach Griffin

The Felin Fach Griffin

Felin Fach

‘Our puppy absolutely loved the place!’ writes a reader, of this dining pub in a hamlet between the Brecon Beacons and the Black mountains.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • wi-fi
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Moor of Rannoch–Restaurant & Rooms

Moor of Rannoch–Restaurant & Rooms

Rannoch Station

The overnight sleeper from London arrives in the middle of nowhere in time for a breakfast of porridge with Drambuie at Scott Meikle and Stephanie Graham’s restaurant-with-rooms.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • view
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Boskerris Hotel

Boskerris Hotel

St Ives

For all its charms, arty St Ives is thronged in high summer, when Jonathan and Marianne Bassett’s hillside hotel offers a bright, airy escape.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Dunkery Beacon Country House

Dunkery Beacon Country House

Wootton Courtenay

‘Our first visit and not our last to this lovely welcoming hotel,’ writes a trusted reader, of John and Jane Bradley’s Edwardian hunting lodge, a beacon of excellence in Exmoor national park.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • view
  • wine
  • wi-fi
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Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

Nant Gwynant

Why visit the Pullees’ ‘eccentric’ and ‘old-fashioned’ hotel at the foot of Snowdonia? Well, because it’s there. It was run by the same family back in 1953 when it hosted Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay as they trained to climb Everest, and not a lot has changed since then.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • view

2016 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

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Titchwell Manor

Titchwell Manor - 30% Discount Midweek Special Offer

Titchwell

Far-reaching golden marshland provides a striking backdrop to Margaret and Ian Snaith’s Victorian farmhouse hotel.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • seaside
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Underleigh House

Underleigh House

Hope

A 19th-century cottage and barn combine as one exceptional B&B on private land within the Peak District national park.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • view
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
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The Burgoyne

The Burgoyne

Reeth

‘A delight,’ writes one reader this year of Mo and Julia Usman’s Georgian hotel overlooking the green. ‘Fantastic views, cosy comfy atmosphere, exceptional cuisine and service.’
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • view
  • disabled
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